Are Fresh(men) Minds What Colorado Businesses Need to Succeed?

  Are Fresh(men) Minds What Colorado Businesses Need to Succeed?

  New technology-based JA Business Week projects build teens’ 21^st century

Business Wire

DENVER -- June 10, 2014

More than 275 Colorado high school students are attending Junior Achievement
(JA) Business Week, presented by Arrow Electronics, Inc., held at Johnson &
Wales University in Denver from June 8 to 13. These 9^th through 12^th grade
students are part of a growing group of young innovators who are anxious to
apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to the business world. According
to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Colorado is the second best state for
entrepreneurship and innovation. Students’ level of interest in JA Business
Week suggests the potential for Colorado’s entrepreneurial nature to continue

Despite the fact that Millennials have long admired the entrepreneurial
spirit, they also want to be certain to make wise investments with their time
and money. A recent survey by JA USA found that 25% of teens wish they could
start their own business but are not willing to take the risk.

JA Business Week is a unique program that allows students to explore
leadership concepts and build confidence alongside more than 120 of Denver’s
most dynamic and accomplished business leaders. In addition to interactive
workshops on marketing, business ethics and budgeting, the week culminates in
a “Shark Tank”-style competition. Student teams gain first-hand experience in
teams to develop marketing and business concepts for OtterBox, a
Colorado-based global innovator of protective solutions for mobile technology.

More than half of the students attend JA Business Week on full scholarship
thanks to our sponsors including presenting sponsor, Arrow Electronics, Inc.

“Junior Achievement Business Week demonstrates what Arrow does every day: We
guide innovators forward,” said Kevin Manzo, vice president of finance at
Arrow Electronics and member of the Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain Board of
Directors. “Five years out, many of these Business Week students will be
entering the marketplace. The skills and insights they develop here will help
them become the next innovators.”

About JA Business Week

Junior Achievement Business Week is an annual, one-of-a-kind summer program
that lets high school students experience the business world, develop
leadership skills and focus on the future. Students learn about business from
more than 120 professionals throughout the week while working on “Shark
Tank”-style projects, and get a taste of college life by living on a
university campus. The 2014 program is being held June 8 to 13 at Johnson &
Wales University. For more information, visit

About Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics ( is a global provider of products, services
and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and
enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for
more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and
commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations in 58

About Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc.

Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc. (JA) prepares young people to thrive
in the 21st century workplace and global economy by inspiring a passion in
free enterprise and entrepreneurship and instilling an understanding of
personal financial literacy. During the 2013/14 school year, JA provided
programs to more than 118,000 students in 500 schools throughout Metro Denver,
Northern Colorado and Wyoming. These programs are always free to schools
thanks to 5,000 volunteers and the generous support of donors. For more
information, visit


Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc.
Kim McGrigg, 303-260-6295
Director of Communication
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